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Serving The Glebe, Alta Vista, Elmvale Acres, Mooney’s Bay and surrounding communities Year 1, Issue 40

July 28, 2011 | 24 Pages

PADDLING PARTNERS The Flotilla for Friendship provided an opportunity for urban-dwelling aboriginal youth to be immersed in their culture – and get to know local law enforcement.


CONCRETE PROBLEMS In the last part of our series, we look at other ways of funding infrastructure renewal – and whether public-private partnerships are working in Ottawa.


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HEARTFELT WORDS FOR NORWAY Centretown resident Bianca Spence signs a book of condolences at the Norwegian Embassy in Centretown on Monday, July 25. Spence said she wanted to sign as a message of support for her friends living in Oslo following tragic attacks on the government offices in Norwegian capital and on the youth summer camp at nearby Utøya on Friday, July 22.

Accessibility tweaks made to Laurier lane LAURA MUELLER

GOING GLOBAL Ottawa’s Adam Simac and the Canadian men’s volleyball team are vying to be among the sport’s best when they take on Slovakia in a World League qualifier.


The City of Ottawa will be making a number of tweaks to the Laurier Avenue West segregated bicycle lanes in an effort to address accessibility and emergency-service concerns. The changes include removing some of the temporary curbs that were put in place to separate cyclists from traffic. Instead, those 23 areas will have flexible posts that collapse when emergency vehicles drive over them. While fire trucks and police cars can drive

over the curbs with no problems, paramedics need to be more cautious about jostling passengers, so the curbs posed a dilemma. But the changes are also aimed at solving some concerns residents expressed about access to Para Transpo services. While the Para vans won’t be allowed to drive over the collapsible posts, the ramps can be extended into the bike lane by temporarily flattening the posts, said Colin Simpson, the city’s project manager for the twoyear bike lane pilot project. The city will also alter four existing onstreet parking spaces on Laurier to become accessible parking spaces, meaning they will

be larger, at the end of the row and bounded by collapsible posts instead of a bike-lane curb. Couriers can also legally park in accessible spaces for a limited period, depending on their permit. That means city workers will have to hand-shovel snow from between the posts – a labour-intensive effort that will make winter maintenance more expensive, Simpson said, but the costs will still fall within the approved budget. Simpson presented the changes to an appreciative, yet somewhat critical, accessibility advisory committee on Friday, July 20. See ROCKY on page 15

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Aboriginal youth, police partner up for Rideau paddle EDDIE RWEMA

About 60 aboriginal children spent the whole day on July 20 paddling along Rideau Canal with members of eight different law enforcement agencies to help improve relations and build camaraderie among each other as part of the 11th annual Flotilla for Friendship. “I think the event has become very important to the participating police departments by providing a mechanism to connect with a difficult-to-reach group of kids,” said Lynda Kitchikeesic Juden, an activist and one of the organizers of the annual event. The group canoed along the canal from Dows Lake all the way to the locks at Chateau Laurier. The Flotilla for Friendship also provides an opportunity for urban-dwelling aboriginal youth to be immersed in native culture. Cheyenne MacLeod, 16, said canoeing has been part of her tradition and she was glad to be doing it with the officers. “The experience really shows that they (police officers) are

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Dozens of aboriginal youth and members of Ottawa-area law enforcement agencies took part in the 11th annual Flotilla for Friendship on the Rideau Canal on Wednesday, July 20. regular people who can be friendly,” said Macleod. The relationship between police and First Nations can be uneasy at times and organizers hope events like this would help build trust between the youth and the officers. “Most Aboriginal people mistrust police,” said Juden. “This

goes way back and are linked to residential school kids being removed from the reserves by police, land claims disputes between governments and bands being enforced by police, and a simple lack of positive exposures to each other.” She said canoes are magical as they force people to synch their

body movements for maximum control and speed, and it doesn’t take long for kids and cops to realize this and start working together to paddle. “Once that happens, friendship is not only possible, it becomes likely,” said Juden. “You can’t tweet, chat or watch television in a canoe. So

they talk. And they paddle along in rhythm.” While it may be peaceful paddling, it can be really hard work portaging a canoe, said Juden. “They have to encourage each other and consider each other’s physical limitations and needs,” she said. “By the end of the day they have learned more from each other.” She hopes the program helps remove some of the obstacles that hinder co-existence among police and the aboriginals. “Neither of us (police nor Aboriginal people) are leaving any time soon, so we have to work together,” she said. She admits that however much they do to improve that relationship; it isn’t always easy because there’s good and bad in all of us. “I like to channel the good in people and share indigenous traditional knowledge in a meaningful, purposeful way,” said Juden. “We all benefit from this. Especially kids.” Ottawa Police Const. Adam Gilbert said the experience was a great way for the police to keep in contact with the aboriginal community. “It bridges the gap and makes us more approachable,” he said.

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Finding alternative financing Third in a Three-Part Series BY DAVID FLEISCHER AND NICOLE VISSCHEDYK


hey’re known as publicprivate partnerships, or alternate financing arrangements, or by the acronym P3s. They have become popular tools in the limited range of options available to governments trying to find money to repair or renew the crumbling roads, public buildings and other infrastructure that underpin our communities. Residents of many communities will already be familiar with the concept through the new hospitals, courthouses and other public facilities for which the Crown agency Infrastructure Ontario is responsible. (See fact box.) A $335-million courthouse in Durham Region that opened in 2009 was the first project to go through Ontario’s new alternate financing program. Infrastructure Ontario’s projects now include hospitals, the eastern extension of Highway 407, the modernization of Ontario Provincial Police facilities and highway service centres across the province. But a move is on to increase access to public-private partnerships as municipalities try to cope with the enormous burden of funding infrastructure, a job that has already put many of them into debt.

York Region, for example, in search of new ways to fund transit, has formally asked Metrolinx (the regional transportation authority) to look at alternate funding sources for municipal transit systems. The province unveiled its long-term, 10-year plan for infrastructure June 24 and Cabinet Minister Bob Chiarelli said Infrastructure Ontario will see its role expanded with a broader list of projects – including mu-

nicipal waterworks and transit – that can use its procurement and financing model. P3s are not uniformly popular, generating criticism from opposition politicians and groups such as the Canadian Union of Public Employees, in part because the Canadian approach to most public facilities and services has been to keep the entire process public, or as much of it as possible. Critics found fuel in an On-

Ray Friel: Ottawa’s failed P3? The City of Ottawa embarked on two public-private partnerships for recreation in the east and west ends because, as proponents argued, it was the only way the city could afford new arenas. But in 2007 those deals took a turn for the worse. That year, the City of Ottawa terminated its contract with Serco Facilities Management, which was managing the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Ottawa’s east end.

A city report presented to councillors had noted Serco underestimated its operating costs by $1.3 million a year while overestimating revenues. According to the report, Serco needed an extra $2 million a year. In the end, the city took over operation of the centre at an added cost of $1.3 million a year. Meanwhile, that same year councillors decided to fork over $1.4 million over three

and a half years to keep operations running at the Bell Sensplex. That decision came after a staff report recommended the city give Capital Sports Group, operators of the Bell Sensplex, $400,000 a year over three years to put the project on solid financial ground. At the time these decisions were made, council agreed to keep tabs on public-private partnerships, requiring an annual performance report.

tario Auditor General’s report that concluded in 2008 that $200 million could have been saved if the province had done the borrowing itself on the new Brampton Civic Hospital. But Mark Romoff, chief executive officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, disagrees. “You need to follow the program from beginning to end and you’ll see the strong, successful P3 program does deliver value for money,” he said. Partnerships have evolved from their beginnings in the early 1990s and are now being used in more sectors at more levels of government, Romoff said. A recent Edmonton breakfast brought out 370 attendees to hear how P3s can help municipalities, he said, a sign of increased interest at the cashstrapped municipal level. “When you’re looking to move the infrastructure needle … if there’s an infrastructure gap and a fiscal challenge, the P3 model could be worth looking at,” Romoff said, acknowledging the partnerships are not a silver bullet for every project. John Loxley, a University of Manitoba economics professor who studies and writes about P3s, evaluated prominent projects including Highway 407, the controversial toll highway built in a private-public partnership and now owned privately. He believes the highway was a “poor deal for Ontario taxpayers.” “You need (infrastructure), but it’s got to be done right,” he said. “You don’t get something for nothing.” But public-private partnerships are not the only potential options available to help municipalities solve the funding puzzle. Solutions popular in other jurisdictions are being looked at as well, including new models that would apportion a certain percentage of income tax or a percentage of sales tax such as the HST for infrastructure. The push for alternative financing is driven by the realization that municipalities simply cannot hold the fort much longer. From 1955 to 2007, the federal share of public infrastructure fell from 27 per cent to 5 per cent while the municipal share increased from 27 per cent to 55 per cent, according to a 2008 report. Earlier this month, the mayors of Canada’s largest cities agreed at a meeting in Halifax that municipalities must watch the new majority government of Stephen Harper to ensure there is a change. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, chair of a big-city caucus in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, said he hopes municipal leaders and

Infrastructure Ontario It is an arm’s-length Crown agency that manages public projects and arranges funding that includes private sources for infrastructure ranging from courthouses to sewer systems. It also provides municipalities and other public bodies with access to affordable loans for new buildings and renewal. The agency has not issued an annual report since the 200809 fiscal year, so it is difficult to track projects and loans on paper. However, the province says that since 2005, the agency has managed 52 infrastructure projects worth $21 billion, including 35 hospital projects and approved more than $4 billion in loans for more than 1,000 projects. Major projects include: • Facilities for the Pan Am Games, including Hamilton’s soccer stadium • Durham Consolidated Courthouse • Montfort Hospital • Quinte Health Care • Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program • Lakeridge Health • Markham Stouffville Hospital • Halton Healthcare • Niagara Health System • Royal Victoria Hospital • Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse • Highway 407 East Extension • West Lincoln Memorial Hospital the Tories can develop a farreaching infrastructure plan that won’t drop in priority as the new government tries to cut costs. After the federation issued a report on the national infrastructure deficit in 2007 – when, it calculated, the gap for Canadian municipalities alone was $123 billion – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty countered that municipalities should take care of themselves and that federal government was “not in the pothole business.” The attitude changed as the recession took hold and the federal government took into account the jobs that could be created through infrastructure projects. However, as the infrastructure deficit grows and the economy resumes, the traditional equation is back in force. The federation points out that 92 per cent of a Canadian’s tax dollar goes to the two upper levels of government, but municipalities are responsible for more than half the existing infrastructure — and have to do whatever jobs are passed to them — with the remaining 8 per cent.


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City’s lofty transit plans affordable, treasurer says LAURA MUELLER

The city can afford its ambitious transit plans for the next 38 years, but the federal and provincial governments will have to keep up their contributions to make it happen. Paying for light rail and other transit projects will also rely on fares and transit-related taxes increasing by the rate of inflation each year. But if those two puzzle pieces are in place, the city’s transit financial house is in order, said city treasurer Marian Simulik, who updated city council on the longrange financial plan for transit during a July 14 special city council meeting. The city’s transportation master plan lists $18.6 billion in repairs and improvements to the transit system by 2031. The city will spend $9.75 billion of that between now and 2031, which includes the construction of the city’s first light-rail system, set to open in 2018. An additiona; $8.87 will be spent between 2032 and 2048. To make that possible, the city will need to break its own limit for how much tax-supported debt it takes on. The city estimates it will need to borrow $5.2 billion to make up the difference. By its peak at 2031, the city will require 14 per cent of its own source revenues to service its debt (including three per cent for transit investments). That’s double

the city’s limit on tax-supported debt servicing, but far below the provincially regulated limit of 25 per cent. A city report says it is important to know that the amount of transit debt declines over that time period, meaning the city is “more than capable� of meeting its annual debt payments through 2048. The debt is necessary because the cost of building the system comes before the revenue it will generate, Simulik said. Much of the cost of repaying that debt sswill come from development charges, which can be used to pay for projects necessitated by a growth in the city’s population. Large debt payments will come from the provincial gas tax as well, Simulik said. The city updates its long-term financial plan for transit at the beginning of each new term of council.

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The city’s transit plans up to 2048 are affordable, as long as transit fares and transit-related taxes increase by the rate of inflation, according to the city’s treasurer. Improvements to the city’s rail and bus systems are part of OC Transpo’s long-term plans.

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The president of OC Transpoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s union says an arbitratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstanding contract is â&#x20AC;&#x153;win-winâ&#x20AC;? for the union and the city. An arbitration panel decided that draft collective agreement the city put in place last year complies with the panelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructions to create a scheduling system that is consistent with other North American cities. The decision, delivered overnight on July 22, means the city will have to stick to mandated â&#x20AC;&#x153;spreadâ&#x20AC;? times (the amount of time between the start and end of a shift) for scheduling drivers. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 279 were on board with the decision, which applies to the contract covering the period of 2008 to 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were pleased,â&#x20AC;? said union president Garry Queale, shortly after speaking to union members on Monday. Mayor Jim Watson echoed Quealeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s satisfaction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pleased that this final decision puts the dispute behind us and concludes a long and difficult round of negotiations,â&#x20AC;? Watson said in a press release on July 23. Now that the last contract is finally wrapped up, the city and the ATU can move on to discussing the next collective agreement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has to do with the 2008 contract. That is now closed, and we will begin negotiations ASAP â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as soon as possible,â&#x20AC;? Queale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they will be difficult negotiations, but I think hopefully we can have a good resolve to it without any labour disputes,â&#x20AC;? Queale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very confident we can come to a resolution.â&#x20AC;?




Shop Locally in the ByWard Market By Katherine Solomon - ByWard Market BIA Getting your produce from local farmers is a great way to make sure the best and freshest ingredients are on your dinner table. You can easily get what you need to prepare a healthy meal right here in the ByWard Market. But why stop at the kitchen when it comes to buying locally? The ByWard Market is home to dozens of designer boutiques with a local conscience. From Funk Your Junk on William and Adorit on York where clothing and accessories are made with recycled and reclaimed fabrics guaranteeing that each and every piece is unique treasure, to Kania on York, where designer Stacey BafiYeboa designs “a luxury street style clothing line designed to truly embrace the needs of today’s woman.” Frou Frou on William also offers a wide selection of Canadian designers, with something at every price point. Chelsea Regan, a well-versed Frou Frou sales associate, speaks highly of Pure Handknit, a Canadian company with a mandate to donate proceeds to women’s charities, and to create sumptuous knitwear. “They have great sweaters and wraps with decorative buttons,” says Chelsea. “I always get asked where I got my sweaters when I wear their pieces.” With sizes ranging from XS to XL, and many one-size-fits-all, you will be hard-pressed

not to find something that suits your style. Consider visiting Teruko on Sussex if you are considering having something made specifically just for you. An array of ready-made pieces are available, but you also have an option of creating a piece just for you, right in the boutique. You select the style and fabric, and your new favourite article is ready for you in just a few weeks! Now you have your fashionably unique wardrobe put together. It’s time to accessorize. Check out Eclection in the ByWard Market Square, where you can find scarves, earrings, necklaces, pins and clips to add the final touches to any outfit. “We have customers who come here specifically to buy locally-made jewellery,” says Kathy Roussel, Eclection sales associate. “We emphasize a Canadian base of artisans, and especially feature local artisans.” Kathy explains the majority of their designers are based in Ontario and Quebec. Morganna TheWhite, manager and artisan, creates accessories from recycled materials, so not only does supporting Eclection’s designers’ help support the local community but it’s also beneficial to the environment. Be sure to check out the ByWard Market’s website for a full listing of all the fashion and beauty boutiques at Shop locally for your insides and out in the ByWard Market!

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A series of power failures in the wake of a powerful storm on July 17 left the Cedars & Co. store without hydro for several days, forcing the grocer to discard large quantities of perishable product.

Old Ottawa South food store reopens after power failure EDDIE RWEMA

Shut down for three days following a string of power outages that hit Ottawa last weekend, Cedars & Co., Old Ottawa South’s fresh food store at 1255 Bank St. reopened Friday morning. Store owner Ibrahim Mahmoud told Ottawa This Week that his store had been without power since July 18. He estimates the loss from the closure to be between $55,000 to $65,000 as the store was forced to discard a significant

amount of product. “We had to throw away all the frozen stuff, all the deli, meat, fish and everything refrigerated,” said Mahmoud. He said the experience had been very stressful having just re-opened a year ago after a two-and-a-half year closure. “This has been very difficult and heartbreaking to see all the food thrown out.” He expects his customers to understand the difficult he has been through. “This is your local grocery store and we hope you feel our pain and come back to shop at your store,” Mahmoud said.

Swashbuckling adventure to raise spirits of area sick children EDDIE RWEMA


About 30 children with life-threatening illnesses will get an unforgettable chance to share in an interactive adventure that will have kids search for treasures, manning the water cannons and doing all things pirate at the Mooney’s Bay on Aug. 5. The Pirate Adventures event, co-ordinated by Starlight Children’s Foundation Ottawa through its great escape program, allows children from ages two to nine to spend recreational time together. “We try to create a memorable experience for these kids, many of whom spend so much time in the hospital thus missing out on having fun activities with friends,” said Ashley Muldoon, who is Starlight’s great escapes co-ordinator in Ottawa. She said the outing allows children with illness to connect with others facing similar life threatening struggles. “We try to go above and beyond and give them the opportunity that make them even more special and meet with other families that are sort of in the same

situation as them.” This will be the second year the children from Starlight have been on a Pirate Adventures cruise on Mooney’s Bay. “It is one event everyone wants to come to,” said Muldoon. “It creates special memories for the kids.” The event sees the Pirate Adventures crew takes the children on a 75-minute excursion filled with non-stop action and entertainment. “From our last year’s program, I got letters on how they thought like they were really pirates.” The tour will begin with kids getting inked up with tattoos and their faces painted and given proper pirate attire. “When kids arrive on site they get dressed like pirates and go through a whole pirate transformation with new names and training,” said Geoffrey Osborne from Pirate Adventures. “We have worked with them in the past and we like what they do and we would love to help them in any way we can,” said Osborne. He said it is important for the kids to have a special time out and they were happy to help them with that.




A group of Ottawa researchers will share a $9.5 million provincial grant to help with the improvement of patient care and development of new therapies. The funding, announced on July 20 by Research and Innovation Minister Glen Murray, will support more than 200 leading researchers in Ottawa. “The new technologies that we are funding today will improve health care outcome,” said Murray. The largest portion of this funding will go to two research teams affiliated with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. The two teams will share a $4.8 million in funding. One of the teams, led by Dr. Michael Rudnicki, was awarded $3.1 million to develop biological drugs that stimulate the regeneration and repair of heart, pancreas and muscle tissue. These drugs could dramatically change the way heart disease, diabetes and neuromuscular diseases are treated. The other team, led by Dr. Alan Forster, was awarded $1.7 million to develop the world’s

first ‘eTrigger,’ a technology that would improve hospital patient safety. “This innovation will mean people heal and recover faster, we are spending less money per patient now in treating them and we are getting them out of the hospital bed back into a friendly loving environment where they want to be,” said Murray Forster’s research will involve sophisticated software that monitors patient data in real-time and alerts clinicians to high risk situations via mobile information technologies, so that medical errors can be prevented before they occur. “We are using that money to develop a technology that would detect situations where patients would be doing poorly because of medical errors or complications with their therapy,” said Forster. He said the information generated by the eTrigger would be used to develop real time notifications to physicians so they can act differently to prevent problems from re-occurring. The preparatory work for this innovation has been going on for the past 10 years. “Right now we are at the phase

where we can actually move forward to develop the triggers and test them in the really environment,” said Forster. Other funding recipients in the Ottawa area include a team led by Dr. Halim Yanikomeroglu from Carleton University, which is developing super high-speed wireless networks that can support next generation applications for mobile devices, such as 3D projection. Another recipient is Dr. Andrew Makrigiannis from the University of Ottawa, who is researching on how our natural immune system can be strengthened to fight diseases like cancer more effectively. Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi congratulated the researchers for their contributions in making the world a better place, starting right here with new ideas and jobs in the community. “We are proud of the great work our researchers are doing here in Ottawa,” Naqvi said. Duncan Stewart, chief executive officer and scientific director of OHRI said the new funding will help accelerate research and translate their findings into benefits for patients and society.

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Research and Innovation Minister Glen Murray, left, discusses ‘eTrigger’ technology with Dr. Alan Forster who is leading the team developing the system that aims to improve patient safety during a funding announcement on July 20 at the Ottawa Hospital.


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Policy, not pandering, please


ven with the scorching temperatures experienced across the province over the past few weeks, Ontarians should be forgiven if they thought Christmas had come a few months early this year. The gifts, or promise of, have been flowing freely this summer as part of the relentless efforts by Ontario politicians to win the hearts and minds of voters ahead of the Oct. 6 election. In one corner, we have Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government falling over itself to spend as much money as possible before the election fall campaign officially kicks off. In Ottawa alone last week, there were four separate funding announcements made by the Liberals totalling more than $20 million. In the other corner are the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats, led by Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath respectively, who have been zipping across the province promising to “put more money in your pocket” and “put you and your family first.” The policies the opposition parties have been endlessly touting since the end of the legislative session range from removing the Harmonized Sales Tax from electricity,

heating and gasoline to killing the mandatory hydro smart meter program to creating a “buy Ontario” law. With a budget deficit of slightly less than $19 billion for 2010-2011, Ontario is in no position to take its finances lightly. We don’t have the revenue available to throw away on the whimsy of a government that is trailing in the polls, nor can we afford to remove sources of public revenue based on the populist impulses of the challengers. There are a great many challenges facing this province right now. Health care continues to consume a massive proportion of government resources and the baby boomers have yet to experience the worst frailties of old age. We still have an economy largely oriented towards manufacturing, but has yet to recover from the great recession and is coping with a dollar worth five cents more than the American greenback. We have crumbling infrastructure across the province, but no comprehensive plan to address what ultimately becomes a drain on the economy. Any man or woman can promise the moon, but it takes a brave leader to face challenges head on.


This is our vacation


here’s something about travelling with children that makes you want to turn around and forget the vacation all together. On route to the first destination of our two-week camping trip, the sun was beating down on us, the birds were singing and we randomly discovered an arts a festival at our midway point. I’d made car bingo cards to keep the offspring amused for at least three hours looking for moose crossings, silos and swing benches. It kept them going for about 10 minutes before... “Are we going to Algonquin Park?” asked my eldest son. “Yes,” I said. “I hate Algonquin Park.” “You’ve never been there.” “Well I hate it.” Sigh! As soon as we arrived, I, in spite of the car trip, felt unbelievably relaxed: The trees, the loons calling, the sound of Tea Lake below our campsite. But my son wasn’t having any of it. “Is this Algonquin Park?” he asked. “Yes.” “I hate Algonquin Park.” “Algonquin Park has 2,456 lakes. You’ve only seen one of them. You can’t possibly hate Algonquin Park.” Silence. Silence and moping. And then. Central Edition

BRYNNA LESLIE Capital Muse “My stomach hurts,” he said. “I think I need a doctor.” “You don’t need a doctor.” “I miss my bed. I think I need my bed. I’m sick, or I have an allergy.” And then he turned around and pounded his little brother on the shoulder as he passed by. Sigh! It reminded me of a Family Circus comic I saw a few years ago. In the single frame, the mom and dad are pulling a wagon carrying a gaggle of fighting kids, beach umbrellas and a dog. The father says, “I need a vacation.” To which the mother replies, “This is our vacation.” The whole day continued like this. The water was too cold. The washrooms were too dirty. The fire was too smoky. The loons were too noisy. The marshmallows were too sticky. THE MARSHMALLOWS WERE TOO STICKY! “I’m never going to get through the next

two weeks,” I said to my spouse. “Sleep on it,” he said. “He’s just tired and excited and out of his routine.” The next morning, I woke up early to waddle, knock-kneed through the woods, fending off potential bears with a whistle on my way to the vault toilets. When I returned with a longer stride and a subdued ache in my bladder after the one kilometre trek, my eldest son was waiting for me. He’d peed in a bush. “The birds woke me,” he grunted. “Wonderful!” I was not going to let him get me down. “Let’s go see what kinds of birds there are around here.” I said. So off we went, hand-in-hand in our pyjamas, breaking my first rule of the fortnightly camping trip: Thou shalt not wander about the damp woods in one of two pairs of pyjamas. It wasn’t long before we spotted fungus growing on a tree stump. From there, we found some interesting evergreen trees that were dark green in the middle, with almost translucent needles. We saw moths and birds, and some early morning fishermen before we settled on a large rock located about two feet from the shore. We sat on the rock and looked in silence. That’s when we saw the loons. They were swimming toward us. We were

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Ottawa is helping to provide refuge to more than 275 First Nations residents affected by the forest fires currently raging in northern Ontario. The evacuees are from Kingfisher Lake First Nation, which is a fly-in community about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. The first group made up of the elderly, the sick and children began arriving at the Ottawa International Airport on the evening of Wednesday, July 20. “We have so far received two plane loads,” said Dan Brisebois, chairman of the city’s emergency, reception and lodging committee. “One arrived late Wednesday around 9 p.m. and another early Thursday after 1 a.m.” The first plane brought about 80 frail and elderly people that needed further medical assessment, while the second brought 120 people, consisting of families with young children. “On their arrival, we assessed the individuals and facilitated their needs and made them feel comfortable,” Brisebois said.

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Jay Tysick, a representative of College Coun. Rick Chiarelli’s office, was present that evening and said it was amazing to see the city’s emergency workers in action. “It just shows what kind of city Ottawa is,” Tysick said, adding the councillor and the ward are proud to be able to offer the support for the displaced people. From the airport the evacuees were transported to Algonquin College where they are sheltered in the school’s dormitories. “We provided them with food and water and transported them to the college residence where we have staff ready to receive them and fulfill their needs with regards to accommodation, hygiene and anything else they might need,” said Brisebois. Though there were moments of relief and excitement for evacuees after arriving in Ottawa, most of them looked very tired, Brisebois said. “Many of them had never travelled by plane and this was a whole new experience. It was a long day for them and they were obviously very tired.” Tysick said the people staying at the college were provided with a toiletry kit from the Red Cross and clothing and toys for the children were handed out by the Salvation Army. “I was told they went to Wal Mart and Giant Tiger and were able to use some of the older stock,” he said. Tysick said the city and the councillor’s office would do the best they can to make the evacuees feel at home while they are in the capital. Families will be able to eat at the school’s cafeteria or be given a per diem to cover the cost of

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Deandra Anderson, 7, hugs her cousin Elizabeth Winter, 4, during a movie and game night on Monday, July 25 at a cafeteria at Algonquin College. The event was staged by the city, the office of Rick Chiarelli and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. meals. The city, which will be reimbursed through the federal joint emergency preparedness program, is providing $8.25 for breakfast, $14 for lunches and $25 for dinner for each person during their stay. The councillors office and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health also met on July 21 to discuss possible cultural activities for the evacuees while they

remain in the capital. “We know the trip has been hard for them and it will be hard to assimilate in the city right away because of the language barrier and the difference from the small community they are from,” Tysick said. “We want them to enjoy their time here as much as possible.” Ottawa was one of the larger municipalities to come forward

to host the evacuees following a request from the provincial government asking for assistance with people fleeing forest fires in northwestern Ontario. “We were among the first ones to do exactly that and since then other municipalities have followed suit,” Brisebois said. Other communities and cities that have taken in or agreed to take in evacuees include Dryden, Wawa, Kapuskasing, Matachewan, Arthur, London, Thunder Bay, Green Stone, Sioux Lookout, Toronto, Smiths Falls and Winnipeg. As evacuees were flown in, paramedics were on hand at the airport to assess their health. At first paramedics were worried smoke inhalation would exasperate any underlying medical conditions the evacuees might be having. Three patients from the first plane were identified with breathing difficulties and transported to hospital but have since been released. The city has enlisted different groups including Odawa and Wabano centres, which serve Ottawa’s aboriginal communities, along with the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition to help with translation and other cultural issues. According to a statement from provincial government, all people that are in immediate danger have been evacuated. Daily evacuations are ongoing, with approximately 3,500 people rescued so far. The operations will continue as smoke and flying conditions allow, until the situation improves. With files from Jennifer McIntosh

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Ninety-one neighbourhoods across the city are being dissected thanks to a University of Ottawa investigation. The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study, an ongoing project that breaks down each neighbourhood’s health, socio-economic factors and other characteristics, received a $75,000 cash infusion from IBM’s Centennial Grant program. The study, which was devised by researchers at the University of Ottawa in 2005, now includes partners from the United Way, the Champlain regional health authority, the city, Ottawa public health, the Coalition of Community Health and Resource

Centres and others. Dr. Elizabeth Kristjansson, with the University of Ottawa, said the idea came about in 2005 as a research project, but had always been intended to be used by service providers. The project received funding and started gathering information about the city’s 91 neighbourhoods using census and Ottawa public health data. For example, in the west end neighbourhood of Bayshore data shows a good ethnic and cultural mix, but low voting rates, poor access to grocery stores, low availability of recreation and 24 per cent of residents living below the low-income cut off. The census data on voting and income is updated each census

year, but public health information is done slightly more often – every three to five years. Kristjansson said better than the funding is the help from 75 IBM volunteers who will help to update the website. “We hope to see people able to add data to the study from their mobile phones,” she said, adding that another of the goals. Michael Allen, president and CEO of United Way Ottawa, said that all of the agencies looking for funding in the area of early childhood education this year accessed data from the study and used it in their applications. “There are a lot of things anecdotally we know about the areas we serve,” he said. “But having this data has helped us to develop our community development

framework enormously.” Early childhood data looks for school readiness and the availability of early learning programs in each neighbourhood. Proximity to libraries, doctors offices, pharmacies and grocery stores are also elements considered in the compilation of data for each community. Allen used the example of one donor, who wanted to use his funds to start up homework clubs. Using the data, the United Way was able to look and see which areas would benefit most from the help. The grant is part of an IBM program giving out $1 million to 11 non-profits and education groups around the world. IBM director Karen Williams said the fact that the Ottawa study was the only Canadian project to be chosen world-wide was an indicator of its high calibre.


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Group mulls sending more evidence to back existing case LAURA MUELLER

The Lansdowne Park Conservancy threatened legal action against the city last week after more than a year of trying to get council to consider its alternate redevelopment proposal, but the group backed down from filing a court case this week. Instead, the conservancy is considering sending more evidence to the judge who is considering a separate legal challenge from the Friends of Lansdowne and has yet to issue a ruling. But the conservancy still isn’t sure whether that is possible at this point (evidence in that case was heard in June) or if it would be the most effective approach. John Martin, who heads the conservancy, said he is waiting

on advice from his lawyer before making any decisions. Martin sent out a press release on Wednesday, July 20 stating that the Lansdowne Park Conservancy would file a legal challenge that week, but on Monday, July 25 Martin backed off from that. “We’re playing it by ear at this point,” Martin said. “We wanted to make it clear and make it publically known that we have a position that by definition, is presentable to the court,” which is why he sent out the press release, Martin said. The basis of Martin’s complaint is that he says the city didn’t follow its own procurement rules when it signed a deal to redevelop the city-owned Glebe property in partnership with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG). “Even if there is an unsolicited proposal (like OSEG’s), the city has to go out and make sure it’s a good deal,” Martin said.

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Hintonburg is paving the way for a new strategy on how to create communities in Ottawa, and it’s more than just guidelines for how tall buildings should be or where to put a bicycle lane. The strategy is a way of looking at how to use the city’s resources to facilitate the building of a true community, rather than just pieces of infrastructure and buildings packed together in a certain area. It’s called a neighbourhood planning initiative (NPI) and if Hintonburg’s experience with the pilot project is any indication, it is something other Ottawa residents may very well be seeing in their own neighbourhoods in the near future. The NPI for Hintonburg and Mechanicsville kicked off in February of 2010 along with a second NPI in the rural village of Vars. This fall, city staff is expected to report back on whether this idea was a success and whether other Ottawa neighbourhoods should follow suit. For city planner Lee Ann Snedden, the process has been an education in “breaking down silos” and creating a way for city

departments to work more collaboratively with each other. But for community members like Paulette Dozois, the NPI goes beyond the acronyms and jargon of city hall. It is about how a hardworking community can actually make a difference and cause the city sit up and take notice about what residents wants to see their neighbourhood become. “It has involved the community in defining what we want within the boundaries of our area,” said Dozois, who has put in many volunteer hours as the community association’s lead person on the NPI. The big improvement she saw was a reduction in the number of redundancies in the work the city was doing in Hintonburg, but the plan also provides a way for city departments to come together to find ways to improve the work they are doing. “It’s a great, co-operative approach,” Dozois said. “It’s a way of looking at projects within the context of the whole neighbourhood, rather than just doing something that has to be done because time is up.” “It’s a neighbourhood’s articulation of its own future,” Snedden added.

Being prepared for the future paid off in Hintonburg. Already, over 90 per cent of the projects identified as high priorities in the NPI have been completed, said Snedden. “That’s a sign of the amount of action we were able to take,” she said. “That is a huge step forward.” The community managed to get almost $1.2 million in funding from the city, province and federal government for economic stimulus fund projects. The money enabled repairs to the wall around Hintonburg Park, as well as the completion of the basement inside the community centre. But perhaps most notably, the community was able to put some money towards redesigning Parkdale Park and its adjoining Parkdale Market – a neighbourhood feature that has become even more popular since its makeover. The “refreshed” site for the market is a great example of the NPI in action, Dozois said. The future of NPIs in Ottawa will be debated this fall. Watch Ottawa This Week for more news on neighbourhood planning. With files from Kristy Wallace.


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be walking through the wardrobe to find an urban Narnia on the er side, said Price, adding the main goal is to have fun and showcase the What started as a small brainstormneighborhood. ing session between a pair of artists has “I wanted to bring the people of Ottawa snowballed into a community-wide event together to see a carnival of talent that that will showcase the creativity of Chithey might not know about and have a natown’s residents. positive, creative collision.” Cristin Price and Ashley McConnell It has taken Price and McConnell two are organizing what they have dubbed months to organize the event. Yards of Chinatown, an initiative that “It is an important event to the comwill connect the area’s artists, musicians munity because it is the foundation for and performers with local residents and the concept of community: people compeople from across the city. ing together to support one another,” said Organizers hope to use the July 31 McConnell. event on Cambridge Street to celebrate Chinatown is an interesting cross-secthe kind of diversity that Chinatown oftion of people, who come from differfers the city. ent cultures and socio-economic back“Originally I just wanted to have a fun grounds. summer project to work on and had read “When such a diverse group of people an article in Juxtapose about this now suclive in one neighborhood, something incessful gallery owner who threw little art teresting is bound to happen,” McConnell shows in her backyard. I was inspired,” said. said Price. “We want to give the people living in She said it is always worthwhile to celChinatown a reason to celebrate their ebrate all the happenings in the neighborneighborhood and we want to show people hood that give the community their own coming from other places throughout Otidentity and personality. tawa what a unique community this is.” “So it’s important that we are willing to The entire event is outdoors, located in put work into supporting each other,” said the back alley on Cambridge Street. Price. “Whether it be an art show, movies “Painters, photographers and designin the park, stoop sales or saving a kitten ers will be exhibiting and selling their from a tree.” work in the nooks and crannies of the Those who attend the event will streets,” said McConnell. “There will be a fresh mix of urban art, pop art, graffiti, surrealism and realism.” The duo said the event is only the beginning of what they said is “our community take-over.” They hope to go into a new different community every season and create an art event that uniquely captures the vibe and attitude of that community. “We started with Chinatown because Cristin lives there and Purchase a classified ad she is in love with her neighborhood and what it adds into the for 1 week get 2nd for melting pot of Ottawa culture,” * McConnell said. *Offer only valid for Ottawa This Week papers. She noted that their mission is to encourage the heroic experiContact Kevin @ 613-221-6224 ments of the gracefully over-amReaching OR Danny @ 613-221-6225 s! e bitious. m o h 0 0 ,0 3

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NCC real estate chief Mary Ann Waterson, left, and local Habitat for Humanity CEO Donna Hicks announced a partnership on July 19 that will offer used building materials from demolished NCC properties to the charitable housing group.

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The National Capital Commission has began a new green partnership with charitable housing group Habitat for Humanity to salvage building materials from the NCC’s doomed residential properties in support of Ottawa’s low-income families. The NCC was created in the late 1950s as a manager of federal lands and buildings in the National Capital Region. It is in the process of demolishing 14 homes across Ottawa and Gatineau that were purchased in the 1960s to reserve the land for future greenbelt rehabilitation, which are now too run down to maintain. The lands will be re-established as part of the greenbelt, while the houses’ many doors, windows, structural beams and even the kitchen sink will be donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore facility selling used materials to raise money for housing projects across the city. “The money that’s raised in the store helps supports all of our operating costs and helps us with the purchase of land. So we were so excited about an opportunity for a partnership,” said Donna Hicks, CEO of the National Capital Region branch of Habitat for Humanity. “There is so much usable material in a house. Rather than see the whole house go to landfill – which is very expensive to cart it away, isn’t very good for our environment and certainly

isn’t ensuring a future for our children if our landfills are all full – we salvage material, we sell it, we house more low-income families.” The NCC’s environmental strategy calls on the federal body to recycle and reuse as much as possible from their demolished buildings. According to the NCC’s chief of asset management and real estate Mary Ann Waterson, the organization already has a landfill diversion rate of 94 per cent. This partnership will help bring those numbers even higher, she said. “There have been a couple of years I’ve been looking at ways to reuse, recycle and reduce waste on our sites. With this new partnership we’ll be able to even further increase that. So for us at the NCC that’s very important,” Waterson told a small crowd gathered on July 19 in front of the summer’s first house up for demolition, located at 2830 Lester Rd. . Out of the 14 homes being demolished by the NCC this summer, Habitat has already looked at five and found that three have salvageable items. The remaining nine homes will be inspected between now and September for reusable goods. The items are sold through the ReStore business because Habitat tries to make their housing projects as new as possible for the families moving in. The money made at the used materials store helps cover some of the cost of buying new materials.

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Soho Italia re-zoning submitted OTTAWA THIS WEEK STAFF Developer Mastercraft Starwood is gearing up to construct what could become the city’s tallest building, on Preston Street in Little Italy. Eric Darwin of the Dalhousie Community Association confirmed that he received notice that the re-zoning application for 500 Preston St. was filed with the city last week. Details were not available at press time as the application had not yet been

posted to the city’s website, but the developer had originally proposed a 35-storey tower. The city’s tallest building is Tower C of the Place de Ville complex in downtown Ottawa. At 22 storeys, Tower C reaches 112 metres in height, which is only one metre taller than the proposed SoHo Italia development. The site is currently a vacant lot at the corner of Preston and Sidney streets. If the current proposed tower is built, it would contain 220 units.


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TACKLING THE COURSE Dogs and their owners put the agility course at the Take the Plunge Dog Show at the Rideau Carleton Raceway to the test on Saturday, July 23 with some owners having their pooches race the clock while others were just looking to see how well their pet would fare.

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An Ottawa volunteer association will be offering a defensive driving course for seniors to help older drivers refresh their driving skills to better cope with today’s traffic conditions. “We plan to have these courses sometime in September, October and November,” said Kay Freeman, program director at the Senior Citizens Council of Ottawa, talking about the 55 Alive Driving Safety Course. “The refresher course helps drivers age 55 or older improve their driving skills and prevent traffic accidents.” Though a location for the course has yet to be determined, Freeman said an announcement will be made in the near future in the council’s newsletter about registration. The course will address the physical changes among older drivers that can affect ability and behavior, and suggest ways to adjust their driving habits. “We think it is a good program because a lot of people come back and take it again,” said Freeman. Some drivers who sign up for the course will even make the decision they shouldn’t be driving anymore.

“That is very important when people acknowledge they are not suitable to drive,” she said. Freeman said majority of course participants they get are those turning 80. The province of Ontario requires drivers to renew their licence every two years once they reach 80, taking a vision test, participating in a group education session and writing a multiple-choice exam in the process. “We don’t get many people in their 50s and 60s because most think they don’t require that,” she said. The program helps seniors to keep up to date with new traffic laws and technologies. “Many of the seniors we get never attended any driving class. Most of them learned how to drive by driving trucks in the fields,” said Freeman. On average, the program trains around 75 seniors a year. Freeman said it is important to review your driving even if you haven’t been involved in a collision for 40 years. With aging, changes occur in hearing, vision, flexibility and reaction time. Founded in 1957, the Senior Citizens Council of Ottawa provides seniors with the means to enhance their well-being and remain self sufficient.




Thousands of kilometres into a cross continent run to raise money and awareness of children’s health and fitness issues, a Wakefield, Que., family arrived in the nation’s capital a over the weekend about a fifth of the way through their trek. The Chicoine family embarked on a 20,000 kilometre run across North America back on May 9 when they started their cross-continent journey in Vancouver. They arrived in Ottawa on July 24. “We want to do our part to raise awareness of the critical importance of well care and kids’ fitness,” Ed Chicoine said. Dubbed the Marathon of Health, the Chicoines are raising money for KidSport Canada, Right to Play and Get America Fit. The trip will take the family from coast to coast in Canada then down the eastern seaboard of the United States before tracking back across to California. They’ll then run back north up the west coast to arrive back at their Vancouver starting point about 10 months after they started. Ed, along with his six children, Tanya, Ben, Dayna, Karina, Jake and Whitney, have been running a relay that sees the group cover between 40 and 90 kilometres each day.

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The Chicoines received a warm welcome as they ran their way into Ottawa as the eight members of the Wakefield, Que., family passed through town on a 20,000-kilometre, cross-continent run to help raise money to promote children’s fitness. Chicoine’s wife, Gaye has the tough job of making sure everyone is eating right. “They are going through a lot of calories a day, so it is all protein rich foods that I am feeding them,” Gaye said.

A food columnist with the weekly community newspaper in Wakefield, Gaye said she has always fed her children healthy, organic food. Ed Chicoine, a chiropractor in Gatineau, hoped this cause will help raise

awareness about the problem of obesity amongst North American children. “This run was born out of frustration,” he said. “As a doctor, I know we are good at treating diseases, but we are not so good at preventing them.” To celebrate their accomplishment, a reception was held at city hall where Bay Coun. Mark Taylor declared July 24 Marathon of Health Day on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson. “A lot of very good people do a lot of good work to fight various diseases, but there is not a lot of focus on welfare,” Taylor said. The family has been driving and staying in a recreational vehicle for the duration of the trip. Although they’ve been living in close quarters, Ed Chicoine said the vehicle is a palace compared to their previous traveling vehicles. “We took a three year trip to South America in 1997 in our Ford Econoline Van and stayed in tents,” he said. The trip, Gaye Chicoine explained, was an answer to the family feeling like daily life was getting away from them. “It was an incredible learning experience for all of us,” shee said. “We had a hard time at first, but we all had to learn to respect each other and I think it was definitely preparation for this.” Gaye said it was her children who wanted to tackle the marathon. “I am so proud of all of them,” Gaye said.

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Colin Simpson, the city’s project manager for the two-year bike lane pilot project on Laurier Avenue West, tours the segregated lane from the perspective of a person in a wheelchair on July 14. she and her neighbours support the bikelane project, the way it was implemented has “severely affected” residents of the building. “It has been a rocky process,” she said. While she was happy to see some changes on the way to make it easier to access Para Transpo services, LaValliant asked the committee and city staff to look at other issues, such as longer-term parking for nursing support staff who care for residents of buildings on Laurier.

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From LANE on page 1 Susan Brunet, a member of the committee, chastised city staff for not including a member of the advisory committee in consultations before the bike lane’s design was finalized. Simpson said that the committee was invited, but did not appoint a member to the bike-lane working group, which included representatives from several other advisory committees. Penny Leclair, vice chairwoman of the advisory committee, said the community is “not impressed” by the way the bikelane project has been handled. “I hope we could be better informed so we could better assist,” she said. But the accessibility advisory committee’s chair, Catherine Gardner, praised the changes. “It has only been one week, but a lot has been done in that week,” she said. Simpson toured the bicycle lane in a manual wheelchair alongside Gardner and the committee’s past chairman, Bob Brown, before coming up with the recommendations. Representatives from Para Transpo were on board with the changes. “The whole project has been very trying to Para Transpo,” said Andy Versteeg, Para Transpo’s project manager. “I believe these latest changes would solve 99 per cent of the problems.” Kathleen LaValliant, a resident at 556 Laurier Ave. W., brought her concerns to the accessibility advisory committee’s July 20 meeting. She said that although

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Job Title: Permanent Full-Time District Service Representative Department: Circulation Department Location: Ottawa Job Summary: This is a challenging role that requires an enthusiastic and energetic individual who is a self starter with strong communication, organizational, computer and problem solving skills. Experience is not necessary as on-the-job training will be provided for the right candidate.

Metroland Media currently has an opening for a Regional Human Resources Manager supporting the Ottawa region. Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, the incumbent will be responsible for providing expert Human Resources consultation to the Region ensuring all Human Resources needs are successfully met. Consulting with the regional businesses, the primary responsibility of this role is to provide guidance and consulting to ensure that business practices are promoted and supported by HR practices.

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Employee Engagement - further develop a learning culture through effective succession planning, objective setting, performance development, talent review & development planning as well as one-on-one coaching

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DAN PLOUFFE Ottawa’s Adam Simac and the Canadian men’s volleyball team will continue their quest to emerge as one of the globe’s best volleyball countries when they take on Slovakia in a World League qualifier July 29-30 at Scotiabank Place. “From the worlds last year to now, we’re making a lot of improvements in our game,” says Simac, whose squad upset Serbia, the planet’s fifth-ranked nation, at the 2010 world championships, but did not advance past the first round on tiebreaker. “But Slovakia is big and they’re skilled. If we don’t bring our best game, it’s going to be toughgoing for us.” Simac, the lone Ottawa native on the national team (although a third of the players live in Ottawa while training out of Gatineau’s year-old multi-sports complex), last played for Canada at this past fall’s worlds in Germany. The 27-year-old hasn’t seen much game action since then either, missing a large chunk of the season with his Bled, Slovenia pro club due to an Achilles tendon injury and then remaining on the shelf with a back ailment for the Pan Am Cup in Gatineau last month. Simac isn’t sure if he’ll be a starting middle for the matches against Slovakia – although that was his role at the worlds – since the national team has a deep group of 20 players who push each other in practice, but there’s no doubt he’s excited for his first game action since early March. “I feel great. I really, really miss playing. It’s tough sitting off and watching the guys play,” says Simac, who’s salivating at the thought of playing in his

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Ottawa’s Adam Simac and the Canadian men’s volleyball team will be back in action at Scotiabank Place for World League qualifying matches against Slovakia July 29-30. first World League. “To be able to play against the best teams in the world for six or seven weeks, home and away, I think that is the ultimate test of who is the best volleyball team in the world.” The FIVB (international volleyball federation) World League is a unique concept that doesn’t exist in many other sports. Instead of a league’s teams hailing from different cities, it’s national teams playing a 12-match homeand-away schedule to advance to the playoff round. The last time the Canadians participated in World League in 2007, each travel segment of their road trip took over 30 hours as they went from Canada to Korea, to Finland, to Brazil and then

back home for pairs of matches on consecutive weekends. “It’s tiring,” smiles Canadian head coach Glenn Hoag. “But it’s matches, so it’s great. We struggle getting matches in June and July, and that would fill up that space with lots of good matches. “The team is reaching a certain level of maturity. Most of them are between 25 and 30 years old, so they need those matches to progress to the next step.” The 22nd-ranked Canadians will play some exhibition matches in Europe after the contests against the No. 33 Slovaks, and should they win against Slovakia, they’ll return home two weeks later in advance of the final qualifying stage for the 2012

World League. But Hoag isn’t looking past the current task at hand. “Europe, being the toughest region in the world for volleyball, Slovakia may be ranked behind us, but their level is pretty spectacular,” says Hoag, whose team will be without injured setter Josh Howatson and left-side/ middle Louis-Pierre Mainville, but is otherwise the healthiest it’s been in awhile. “I think they’re probably a little more game-ready than we are because they just came out of Euro League, but if we get people to come and see us and cheer for us, that will make a difference.” Hoag’s troops are guaranteed to have the support of the local

volleyball clubs, whose members have enjoyed volunteering as sweepers and scorekeepers for many national and international events that have come to Ottawa-Gatineau since the men’s team moved from Winnipeg in 2009. “It’s been a real boon for our club,” says Mavericks Volleyball club president Kerry MacLean, who is frequently in the announcer’s booth for Canada’s games. “Everything that goes on just gives the young players the chance to see what their dream, and these players, actually look like.” Turn back the clock to 2000 when Canada played Italy for a World League match in Gatineau and Simac was one of those youngsters watching in the stands. “I remember watching (veteran Canadian middle) Steve Brinkman play there and I was just in my early teenage years maybe, so that’s where I saw the legends of Canada and Italy, and that really kind of sparked something in me,” says Simac, who was focused on baseball as a teen and never played club volleyball before accepting an invitation from Queen’s University’s coach to join her squad. “It’s really cool to be playing on that same floor now.” NEXT GENERATION RISES Six Ottawa players represented Ontario in the National Team Challenge Cup – a major step in youth players’ development – this past week. Bruno Lortie and Brandon Baker played at the men’s competition in Gatineau, while Alix Durivage, Sophie Carpentier, Shainah Joseph and Vicky Savard participated in the Winnipeg women’s event.

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• JULY 29 Upcoming Café scientifique at Canadian Museum of Nature looks at our carbon footprint versus our fast-paced lifestyles. Don’t miss the Café scientifique and movie night on at the Canadian Museum of Nature that will explore the question, “Is having a small carbon footprint compatible with our fast-paced lifestyles?” The Café scientifique format provides the opportunity to share different views on a specific topic in a relaxed atmosphere. Participants will enjoy a mix ‘n mingle with delicious appetizers, stimulating conversation and a

thought-provoking documentary, “Carbon Nation”, produced by Peter Byck. Special guests include Bruce Yateman and Bernie Couture with EcoCorner and EcoCove, who will be on hand to get the discussion rolling. This is a bilingual format; participants may ask their questions in English or French. The movie is in English with French subtitles. Reservations are required. To reserve, call 613-566-4791. The cost is $25, or $20 for Canadian Museum of Nature members and volunteers. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. The documentary is 82 minutes long and museum is located at 240 McLeod Street (corner of Metcalfe Street) in Ottawa. Follow the Museum on Twitter (@museumofnature / @museedelanature). Or, become a fan

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• JULY 31 Heritage Ottawa Walking Tour of Lowertown West starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 and participants will meet at the Bytown Museum, on the Rideau Canal beneath Parliament Hill. This is the heart of old Bytown where canal workers first settled and some of Ottawa’s earliest residential, commercial, and institutional structures can be found. The walk will take participants around Major’s Hill Park, up to Nepean Point, and then will look at some of the historic buildings in Lowertown and the ByWard Market.The guide will be Hagit Hadaya, architectural historian. For more information call 613-230-8841 or visit:

• AUGUST 7 Friends of the Central Experimental Farm will host a lovely classic Victorian Tea served on the lawns of the Arboretum. Bring a patio chair and listen to live music. Enter the best hat contest and don period costume, however this is optional. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and it is $6 for formal tea. The event will take place in building 72 at the Central Experimental Farm, east off the Prince of Wales traffic circle. For more information call 613-230-3276 or visit: .

• ONGOING The Eastern Ontario Umpires Association (EOUA) is looking for men and women aged 18 and over who are interested in officiating fast- and

slo-pitch softball. The EOUA is affiliated with Softball Canada, Softball Ontario, Slo-Pitch Ontario and USSSA. Training and clinics are provided. Please call Stuart at 613-744-3967 or Dave 613-791-6767. Friends of the Central Experimental Farm are looking for volunteers to record the bloom times of various trees and shrubs in the Arboretum. If you like to walk around the Arboretum, this volunteer job is for you. The Friends are also looking for gardeners for their lilac, iris/daylily, and rose teams. “Green” and “brown” thumbs welcome. Youth a minimum of age 14 are welcome. These teams meet in the mornings, Monday to Friday. For information, please visit or call 613-230-3276.


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